The 6th Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards at ECIE 2020

Innovation and entrepreneurship skills are important issues which need to be mastered today to produce an effective 21st century society. Some universities offer degrees or other courses in these subjects, whilst others incorporate these topics in a variety of different degrees. But whatever approach the university takes these topics are quite challenging to teach, and also difficult to research. Courses and modules on these subjects are often quite theoretical and often they neither deliver the practical knowhow required nor do they inspire our students to become innovators or entrepreneurs.  Fortunately some good work is being done in this field in various parts of the world and this annual competition highlights such initiatives.  

If you are involved in the teaching of innovation and/or entrepreneurship, we invite you to participate in the 6th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Awards to showcase new ideas and new approaches for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education institutions and in the organisational environment. The final round of the competition will be run alongside the 15th European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Rome, Italy on the 17 – 18 September 2020.

The 2019 winners of Awards were the initiative: Patrick Link, Rene Zeier and Valentina Fontana, LUASA – Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland, Smart-Up - How to Foster Entrepreneurial Thinking and Acting at a University.  You can read these case histories and the other finalists in the 2019 Anthology of Case Histories, available from

To enter the competition we ask you in the first instance to submit an abstract of up to 300 words using the online submission form describing the work you wish to draw to our attention to. If your work is suitable we will invite you to submit a case history of no more than 3000 words which will be considered as an entry to the competition. A panel of international adjudicators will evaluate the case histories. Your full case history submission should be structured around the following headings:

      • Introduction to the nature of the teaching/training initiative and its specific objectives
      • The infrastructure i.e. people, systems, hardware, software etc. required to launch the initiative
      • The challenges that were encountered, how they developed and how they were overcome
      • How the initiative was received by the learners and other participants
      • The learning outcomes that were achieved and how they were measured and evaluated
      • Plans to further develop the initiative.

The judges will consider all submissions received by the closing date and authors of the top rated initiatives will be invited to register and attend the conference in Greece on 19-20 September to present their case histories to the judges and conference participants. Finalists will also have their case histories published in a book and a prize will be awarded to the initiative judged to show the most creative thinking with regards teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission 01 April 2020
Notification of Abstract Acceptance 12 April 2020
Full Case History Submission 22 May 2020
Finalists announced 29 June 2020  

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Previous Winners
Joint Winners 2019

Innovate21: An Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Methodology for the Development of 21st Century Skills
Paul Flynn, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland


Community Entrepreneurship: An Innovative Approach to Create Change Agents for the Community
Angela Hamouda, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Excellence Awards Finalists 2019